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Illustration – Biguiyuan Kindergarten Poster

Here is an artwork poster that I had recently designed for Biguiyuan Kindergarten School in Zhaoqing, southern China.

China Kindergarten Poster

The school staffs wanted a poster to help attract new parents and their children to the kindergarten school and also provide some details of contact information and a link to their website.

The size of the poster would be 750cm (24.6ft) tall and 600cm (19.7ft) wide which would cover most of the wall on one side of the building.

The design had to be fun and inspiring for the children and also show a positive message for the parents. We discussed different ideas for the design and in the end we came up with incorporating stars as a positive symbol and the children being the “star” pupils of the kindergarten.

China Kindergarten Poster WIP

I used photoshop to generate some designs ideas on the characters, I wanted to give each one a slightly unique look so I incorporated the different hairstyles of the school children into the design of each character. Once we were happy with the overall look; I then proceeded in converting them to vector and adding colour in.

Once the artwork was near completion, I sent the file across to the staffs via email for feedback and any changes to be made. Fortunately they were pleased with the overall design and only a few minor adjustments were needed before it was sent to the printing company. The contact details were moved to the top for easier viewing from a distance and the style of fonts were updated to a clearer font.

China Kindergarten Poster Photo 1

On the test run of the printing, an issue had cropped up on the smaller print version, with the outline strokes being thinner than on the original design, perhaps this could of been due to enlarging the image but without also scaling up the strokes. To be on the safe side though, I decided to convert all the strokes into shape objects using the Object>Path>Outline Stroke tool to quickly fix similar issue from happening again.

China Kindergarten Poster Photo 2

The artwork poster has received positive feedback from the school. I’m really pleased with the final piece; it’s always nice to have your work on display, especially in a vibrant place like a kindergarten where lots of children and parents will get to see it and hopefully find it fun and enjoyable to look at.

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Brochure – Visit Zhaoqing, China

Brochure Visit Zhaoqing 01

Brochure Visit Zhaoqing 02

Click here to view a high quality online pdf of the brochure.

Here is a sample work that I’ve created of a typical holiday tour guide brochure. It’s a 3-sided brochure layout; front and back. This was done in InDesign and took about 2 days to make.

I wanted to improve my knowledge of InDesign and decided to use my recent trip to China as the subject for a tour guide brochure.

All the photos used in the brochure were taken by myself during my trip to China, the image of the map was taken from Wikipedia.

As it’s a sample work, I decided to focus my time on the layout design of the brochure and didn’t spend much of my time on the written content; hence the use of dummy text.

I began with creating 3 columns for the text; with a transparent fill background to make it more readable. I then added the panoramic photos and placed it at the bottom of each page which instantly made the design more brochure looking.

I used a gradient for the upper part the background and several photos set in ‘lighten’ blending mode which added more visual interest and blended the upper and bottom images together.

The thumbnail photos were placed with a 2mm text wrap which gave it some space between the text and the photos.

I went for a 3-sided brochure layout but the final design could easily be adapted for a two-page spread layout. I’ve incorporated a 3mm bleed so it’s all setup ready for print.

I enjoyed making the brochure and I’m pleased with the final result, I hope it has made Zhaoqing an appealing place to visit!

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Panorama – China

Seven Star Crags, Zhaoqing, China

Here is a panorama of a popular lake area in Zhaoqing, a city situated in southern China.

Pano2VR was used to create the flash from the panoramic photo.

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